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 Header Item Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)
 Header Item Council of Europe: Appointment of Representatives
 Header Item Business of Dáil

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 933 No. 2

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Council of Europe: Appointment of Representatives

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty I wish to inform the House that the following persons have been selected and nominated as representatives and alternatives from Ireland to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe until the end of 2017.

Representatives: Senator Joe O'Reilly, leader of the delegation, Senator Maura Hopkins, Deputy Barry Cowen and Deputy Seán Crowe. Alternates: Deputy Colm Brophy, Deputy Robert Troy, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins and Senator Rónán Mullen.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher I now call on the-----

Deputy Finian McGrath: Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath Good man, Seán.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe Well done, Barry. Will you look after Senator Mullen?

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen That is not part of any deal.

Deputy Patrick O'Donovan: Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan Does he want it amended?

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen It could happen in Europe easier than it could here.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher When the Deputies and Ministers are finished, we will proceed.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath Did the-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher That includes Deputy McGrath too.

Deputy Willie Penrose: Information on Willie Penrose Zoom on Willie Penrose The Deputies are testing the Leas-Cheann Comhairle.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher Deputy McGrath is not going to make a song and dance of this.

Business of Dáil

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher I call on the Chief Whip to outline the proposals for the taking of the business of the House.

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty Before I do so, on behalf on the entire Membership of this House and Seanad, I wish to thank publicly the staff, the ushers, the officials and all of the people who work around these Houses to make sure that we can do what it is that we do on a daily basis. I thank them most sincerely and wish them a very happy Christmas. I wish to say how genuinely appreciative all of us are of what they do for us. We must make sure that we are cognisant in future not to have them here all night or on late sittings only to be back in at 7 a.m. the next morning. It is unfair to them and we genuinely appreciate what they do.

Deputies: Hear, hear.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty I did not think it was that easy to get a round of applause.

Deputy Patrick O'Donovan: Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan It is the season of goodwill.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty As agreed at the Business Committee meeting this morning, I ask the House's leave to withdraw the arrangements I proposed this morning.

Notwithstanding previous orders of the Dáil this week, I propose that the Dáil shall sit later than 7.48 p.m. this evening and shall adjourn not later than 10.00 p.m.; that the suspension of sitting, which was to take place following the weekly division time, will now not take place; that the proceedings of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 - Report and Final Stages shall not adjourn at 3.30 p.m. today but shall continue until close of business today; that the Dáil shall sit tomorrow at 10 a.m. to take the parliamentary questions which were for answer today, today's Topical Issues, the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Second Stage and the resumed proceedings of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 - Report and Final Stages, if not previously concluded; that the parliamentary questions, Topical Issues and the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Second Stage shall be taken for their normal duration tomorrow; that the Dáil shall adjourn on their conclusion or on the conclusion of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 - Report and Final Stages, whichever is the latter; and that the Dáil, on its rising at the end of tomorrow's sitting, shall adjourn until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 January 2017.


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